by: Karen Hopper, KTLO
An ordinance enacting a 10% across the board budget reduction for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year tops the agenda items at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Marion County Quorum Court. The meeting will be held in the second floor courtroom of the courthouse at 6.
The proposed ordinance notes if enacted, the reduction will be 10% of the year-to-date balance as of May 1. The budget reductions would be reviewed in August.
While the proposed ordinance points to the financial impact of COVID-19 and the resulting loss of revenues to the county, Judge John Massey told KTLO News late last month Marion County had already been forced to address budget challenges prior to the pandemic.
The proposed ordinance notes the quorum court wants to keep as many county employees as possible without layoffs.
In other business, the court will consider an ordinance repealing and eliminating the county’s safety program.
The proposal notes the quorum court recognizes workplace safety is the highest priority for all of the county’s employees but extra money is not available for the $60,000 yearly program.